KFA puts up Korean Literature (as movies) on YouTube for cineastes (e.g. “too lazy to read”^^)

KTLIT LogoFor Cineastes (e.g. “too lazy to read”^^) and those interested in seeing adaptations of literature, a brilliant move by the Korean Film Archive that makes me want to take them out for a celebratory round of 홍어! They have put up on YouTube, sorted by decade, eight-seven classic Korean movies, many of which are adaptations from books.

Unfortunately (though I understand why) these videos cannot be embedded and neither can a service like KeepVid download them, so you’ll have to watch them streaming from the site. Still, this is an epic service and it includes movies of books like:

Obaltan – Aimless Bullet by Yi Beomseon
The Ball Shot by a Midget – The Dwarf by Cho Se-hui
The Taebaek Mountains – by Jo Jung-Ran

I’ve already watched Obaltan from a torrented download (worth watching just for the deranged representation of the grandmother) and it was difficult to find and took forever to download, so this is a MUCH better system.

Whether you are a fan of Korean cinema, or want to see how some of these classic novels have been adapted for the screen, this site is worth checking out!

I’ll be looking at some of these, in the days to come, to see how they compare to the books. I couldn’t be more excited!

LOL.. true to its epic nature, The Taebaek Mountains is longest at an epic 2 hours and 44 minutes. Might as well read the book!

4 thoughts on “KFA puts up Korean Literature (as movies) on YouTube for cineastes (e.g. “too lazy to read”^^)

  1. “The Taebaek Mountains is longest at an epic 2 hours and 44 minutes.”

    Still shorter than a 4 000 page book.

  2. Another website that KLTI could learn from is:

    See the breakout into:

    “A selection of books in English translation recommended for reviewers, booksellers, literary festivals and readers.

    Fiction

    Crime & Thriller

    Non-Fiction”

    so that it is clear which books are recommended, and so that genre literature is specifically listed.

  3. There are definitely some things there I will look at.. the review page is a nice thing and part of it could be implemented here (maybe, considering my skills).

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